August 16, 2014 — April 5, 2015
The Federal-era Willoughby-Baylor House provides a perfect historical setting for an exhibition of highlights from the Chrysler Museum’s deep collection of early American art.
Democratic Designs explores the work of artists with considerable ambition and talent, but limited access to professional training. The exhibition includes works by Ammi Phillips, Edward Hicks, and Erastus Salisbury Field. It’s a triumphant display of individual creativity and native genius.
Many pieces in this show are gifts from the pioneering collectors Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, sister of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., and her husband Col. Edgar William Garbisch. The Willoughby-Baylor House is located at 601 E. Freemason St. and is open noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.